Introducing Crooked Tree
Founded in the early 18th century, Crooked Tree – 33 miles from Belize City – may be the oldest village in Belize. The story goes that the village got its name from early logwood cutters who boated up Belize River and Black Creek to a giant lagoon marked by a tree that seemingly grew in every direction. These 'crooked trees' (logwood trees, in fact) still grow in abundance around the lagoon. Until the 3.5-mile causeway from the Northern Hwy was built in 1984, the only way to get here was by boat, so it's no wonder life still maintains the slow rhythm of bygone centuries.
Crooked Tree village is the gateway to the eponymous wildlife sanctuary, quite possibly one of the best birding areas in Belize. It is well worth a visit for anyone who loves nature or anyone who enjoys a peaceful rural community with an interesting history and a beautiful setting. It's best to stay the night so you can be here at dawn, when the birds are most active. Don't forget your binoculars!
The obvious reference point in the village is the 'Welcome to Crooked Tree' sign, at a junction 300yd past the visitors center as you enter the village from the causeway.